Capcom has released the first teaser trailer for the just-announced Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, which shows off the first glimpses of gameplay. Raccoon City is, of course, well known to fans of the series as a centerpiece to the saga, a metropolis that fell to the T-Virus outbreak and was eventually obliterated by a government-sanctioned nuclear blast. The new game is reportedly set around the time of Resident Evil 2 and 3, but Slant Six Games, the developer behind the new title, says they’re telling “a completely new story” that’s sorta/kinda/maybe set in “a parallel world.”
Slant Six is best known for the SOCOM series, and they’re bringing some of those tactical shooter sensibilities to Resident Evil for Operation Raccoon City. You’ll play in third-person mode as a member of the Umbrella Corporation’s task force, fighting both zombies and the U.S. Special Forces that you usually play as part of in the series. Even Leon Kennedy, protagonist from several titles in the series, is one of your targets in the new game.
What do you think of the trailer, and this surprising new direction for the series? Have they run out of ideas? Or have they found a creative entry point for new players?